Which Type of Toothbrush is Best?

Toothbrush Wars in Grand Rapids

This message from Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park centers on whether a manual or electric toothbrush is better for your dental health.

It may surprise you to know that some people have very strong opinions about which type of toothbrush is the best. Is there really one that is clearly superior?

Most dentists will tell you that all toothbrushes, when used properly, are effective at removing plaque. Choosing which is best for you is really a personal decision. Here is some extra information about toothbrushes to help you settle upon which kind is right for you or your child.

  • You need to consider cost and convenience. Some people argue that even though electric toothbrushes cost more, you’ll save on dental bills. However, there are no definitive studies to back up this claim.
  • Manual toothbrushes are easy to find, whereas not all drugstores carry all types of electric toothbrushes. This can be problematic when buying replacement heads. When you travel you may find that a manual toothbrush is easier to pack.
  • Special consideration should be taken for individuals with arthritis. Most dentists counsel their patients with dexterity issues to use electric toothbrushes. As for children, once they are old enough, an electric toothbrush may be preferable, but safety should always be the first concern of parents.

Whichever type of toothbrush you choose, make sure you get soft bristles and replace it every three to four months.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, the dental health of each of our patients is always our top concern. We provide Invisalign orthodontics, porcelain veneers/crowns, composite fillings, implant dentistry, sealants and much more with our family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Better and Better: The Future of Implants

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we are always reminding patients to brush and floss. It’s the best way to ensure healthy teeth and gums. We know that in spite of everyone’s best efforts, some of our patients may still lose a tooth. When that happens, we recommend dental implants as the best solution.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed in the patient’s jaw. One implant can support a single artificial tooth. Multiple implants can support an implant bridge or a denture.

To find out whether dental implants are right for you, call Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park to schedule a consultation. We also offer family dentistry, Zoom whitening, Invisaling orthodontics, and porcelain veneers/ crowns. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


Your Comfort is Our Priority at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry

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Whether you go willingly to your dental check-up, or if you are hesitant about getting dental work done, Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry would be happy to help you improve your smile. At our office, we have opened our doors to smiling patients since 1974. We understand that comfort is the key to happy patients. To make your visit more comfortable we offer Nitrous Oxide, warm neck rolls, blankets, pillows and paraffin hand wax.

Learn About Our Valued Services

A complimentary consultation will inform you of dental services available to enhance your smile. Not only do we offer implant dentistry, but we also see patients for porcelain veneers, dental crowns, Zoom tooth whitening, Invisalign orthodontics, composite fillings, dentures, and more. We offer such as wide variety of treatment options because we want to make a difference in the lives of our patients. We understand that your smile contributes to your happiness and self-esteem, so we want you to have the smile that you deserve.

Schedule an Appointment

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we’ll get you in a comfortable seat while we explain to you what we have to offer.   Interested in an outstanding experience? Our team of dental professionals encourages anxious and cautious patients alike to visit us at our 769 York Creek Dr NW office or to give us a call at our office.

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321


Both Smoking And Vaping Put Your Smile At Risk

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As defined by the FDA, “e-cigarettes are devices that allow users to inhale an aerosol containing nicotine or other substances.” A recent study on the impacts of e-cigarettes on oral health has more bad news for men and women who believe vaping is less dangerous than smoking traditional cigarettes.

The Harmful Effects of Smoking and Vaping

The study was published in the journal Oncotarget, were researchers concluded that e-cigarettes may cause chronic inflammation and irreversible cellular degeneration. These conditions, in turn, can lead to periodontitis, oral cancer, and tooth loss. Don’t let cigarettes, electronic or otherwise, ruin the smile you’ve worked too hard for.

Before e-cigarettes appeared on the scene in 2005, the number of men and women who smoked traditional cigarettes had remained fairly steady. The unforeseen rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, however, has generated a widespread health risk, especially for the nation’s teenagers. “Between 2011 and 2015, the U.S. Surgeon General found e-cigarette use among high school students increased by 900 percent, with more teens now using e-cigarettes than cigarettes.” Vaping has become a large issue in the U.S. and it isn’t just affecting the oral health of adults.

Discuss The Topic With Us

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we care about the oral health of our patients. Our experienced team treats patients suffering from smoking-related oral health ailments with expertise and compassion. We also endeavor to offer accurate information about public health issues. We add our voice to the healthcare professionals who are working to inform the public about the hazards of e-cigarettes and clear up the misconception that they are somehow less risky than traditional cigarettes. If you would like information about cosmetic dental services such as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and dental implants, then schedule an appointment with us.

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321


5 Ways To Prevent A Cracked Tooth

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A cracked tooth can be painful, unattractive, and costly to repair. Today’s post in the Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry dental blog contains an easy-to-follow list of tips to keep your teeth whole and strong.

1. Don’t chew on hard things. You should steer clear of ice, hard candies, hard nuts, and beef jerky. Also, be wary of pitted fruits—that peach may be soft but if you bite hard into the pit, you could damage a tooth.

2. It is vital to protect your teeth while engaging in any physical activity where your mouth can be hit. If you enjoy pick-up basketball games, indoor soccer leagues, flag football, and many other activities, you should be using a well-fitting mouth guard.

3. Don’t use your teeth as a tool. Take a minute to find a pair of scissors before you tear open a package of lunch meat or rip the price tag off a new piece of clothing with your teeth. Use a nutcracker for nuts. A quality dental crown can cost hundreds of dollars.

4. Most people know that grinding your teeth is harmful, but did you know that it can lead to a cracked tooth? If you know or suspect that you are a tooth grinder, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull to see if you would benefit from a bite splint. Chronic head or jaw pain can be caused by teeth grinding.

5. Lastly, make sure that you visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist can alert you to conditions that might predispose you to cracked teeth, such as having an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth. Your dentist may also discover tiny cracks you aren’t aware of. Repair these cracks early before more damage ensues.

If you already have a cracked tooth, never fear! Treatment is available for cracks small and large. Porcelain veneers/crowns, cosmetic dental bonding, and dental implants are all used to repair or replace damaged teeth. If you break a tooth, call 616-784-2377 or visit us in person. 

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321


3 Reasons Not to Skip a Dental Checkup in Comstock Park

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Life gets busy. Sometimes it seems impossible to keep up with everything you need to do in a single day. At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry, 7 Your dental hygiene should be at the top of your to-do list because putting it off can have several negative effects on your health. Furthermore, twice-yearly dental exams are indispensable for keeping your smile in shape!

Many times have we heard the phrase, “but my teeth feel fine.”We’ve heard this excuse before and the fact is that no news isn’t necessarily good news. Dental problems can be progressing without you ever being aware of them. Here are three of the most important reasons to schedule regular dental checkups in Comstock Park:

1. Your Gums May Be Receding
Gum recession doesn’t happen all at once. Gum tissue can move back almost imperceptibly until teeth and bone are in jeopardy. It’s also important to look for any signs of gum disease before it progresses and causes harm to your smile.

2. Decay May Be Lurking
When the acids in plaque start drilling into a tooth, you usually don’t feel it until it has passed through the enamel and dentin and hits the nerve. Ouch! By that time, there is a cavity in the tooth. Regular cleanings remove plaque before it can do any damage.

3. Prevent Oral Cancer
About 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. During your dental checkup, Dr. Hull and Dr. Stewart will do an oral cancer screening for early signs of oral cancer. As with all types of cancer, early detection is indispensable, so we will bring any potential areas of concern to your attention.

After a thorough examination, Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull will discuss any concerns they may have. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing treatment you may be interested in such as dental implants or Invisalign braces, we will make certain that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful! Scheduling twice-yearly exams with our professional team at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry will help you avoid dental problems in the future.

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321


The American Dental Association: Promoting Dental Health Since 1859

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Hello, thank you for visiting the Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry blog today. Our practice has been providing exceptional dental care to the Grand Rapids and Comstock area since 1974. Today’s message is about the American Dental Association. You have probably seen the ADA logo on tubes of toothpaste and containers for floss, but what exactly does that mean and how does it affect you?

What is the American Dental Association?

The ADA’s objective is to improve the level of public dental health by supporting the dental industry through not-for-profit federal, state, and local associations. It was formed in 1859 and is currently run by its members, which at present total over 160,000 dental professionals.

The ADA Seal of Acceptance is not an endorsement of a product per se, but rather is a confirmation of the assertions made by a product. Companies who want the ADA certification and seal for a product must submit proof of rigorous scientific testing. Once submitted, the ADA re-tests the product to further verify the results that were submitted. There are currently over 300 products on the market in the United States with the ADA seal on them.

The ADA does more than analyze dental products. Here are some other ways the ADA works to accomplish its mission:

  • Provides resources to support dentists and their practices
  • Educates the public about dental health
  • Works to maximize access to dental care
  • Offers advice on vital issues that affect the dental industry
  • Collaborates with other organizations on scientific research projects and public health initiatives
  • Offers scholarships to dental students

Schedule an Appointment

If you’re currently looking for a trusted dentist in Comstock Park, then look no further than Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry. Our practice offers advanced general and aesthetic dental services such as teeth whitening, implant dentistry, porcelain veneers, and Invisalign braces. Please call our office at 616-784-2377.

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321


It’s Better to Prevent a Cavity Than to Fill One

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In 1974, Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry was established in Comstock Park. Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull are outstanding dental professionals that are passionate about preventative dentistry.

The goal of preventative dentistry is to preserve oral health so that no restorative dental work ever becomes required. In other words, preventing cavities, gum disease, and enamel wear. Brushing your teeth and flossing regularly are essential preventative dentistry. It is also imperative that you get bi-annual exams and dental cleanings.

Despite efforts to keep teeth healthy, many patients will develop several cavities during their childhood years. Since the rate of tooth decay usually declines with age, if teeth remain intact during childhood, there is a better chance that these teeth can stay healthy for decades.

Fillings and crowns do a great job at saving teeth from extraction, but it’s always in your best interest to keep your original teeth. Remember that if a 10-year-old gets a cavity, that tooth will probably need periodic attention throughout that child’s life, even if no additional decay occurs. Once the enamel has been eaten away by acids, the tooth is forever weakened. Brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings help ensure that teeth will last a lifetime. Changing your toothbrush every few months and using a toothpaste with fluoride are also critical components of proper oral care.

Don’t believe the tale that dentures are inevitable for people when they reach their golden years. We have patients in their nineties with all their teeth still intact. Call Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry for an appointment. We can help you develop a plan to keep your teeth in top shape. Healthy, white, strong teeth are the foundation for a lifelong, remarkable smile.

If your teeth and gums are healthy, but you don’t like your smile because of cosmetic issues, please call 616-784-2377 to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation. Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull offer cosmetic dentistry, along with implant dentistry and gum disease treatment. Learn about advanced cosmetic dentistry available at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry.

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321


Sore Tooth? Don’t Wait!

Those who wait to have a sore tooth checked always end up saying that they wish they came in sooner for an appointment. That is because whenever a patient has tooth decay or a chipped tooth, their brain sends them a clear message saying, “See your dentist!” The dull pain associated with a tooth ache can become absolutely unbearable if it goes untreated, so why wait to visit your dentist?

Dr. Bruce Stewart and Dr. Eric Hull will determine the cause of your dental pain so that proper treatment can begin. Possible causes of pain include tooth decay, gum disease, a cracked tooth, bite issues, and TMD. Let our experienced team take care of you so that you can quickly go back to enjoying your week.

If you wait to see a dentist, the cost to treat whatever is bothering you may grow more expensive as time goes on. We want the local residents of Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Rockford and Walker to know that constant pain in their mouth is not normal. Let the friendly team of Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry take care of your smile with advanced dental services.

Schedule an Appointment

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry, our team is also well-versed in the latest dental procedures and is devoted to quality emergency dental care. Don’t wait to come to us if a tooth is demanding attention. Schedule an appointment with our practice by calling 616-784-2377. We also offer services such as porcelain veneers, dental implants, Invisalign and TMJ treatment.

We can whiten, brighten, and straighten your smile!

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321


Unexpected Stress in Your Life? Don’t Forget Your Smile

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When you suddenly have to juggle extra responsibilities, some are bound to get dropped. Perhaps you are going through a divorce or you became the caregiver for an ailing parent. Perhaps you took on a second job or started night school to earn an advanced degree. A new baby, marriage, career, or move can be exciting but also overwhelming. It’s okay to feel stressed and it can sometimes be helpful to take a break, but you should never take a break from your dental health routine.

Importance of Oral Hygiene

Sometimes you feel too exhausted to brush and you skip regular check-ups and cleanings. When life hands you extra challenges it can be easy to get forgo oral hygiene, but Dr. Bruce Stewart and Dr. Eric Hull want to remind you to think about the possible consequences of neglecting your smile.

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth and Gum Pain
  • Bad Breath
  • Infection
  • Tooth Loss

If your plate is already full, then don’t add poor oral health to an already overwhelming list. Let the car go unwashed for a few weeks. Record your favorite show to watch later when things slow down. Postpone that kitchen remodel. But keep your smile healthy – it really will make your life easier, healthier, and happier.

Schedule an Appointment

Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park provides gentle and comprehensive dental care for the whole family. Our services include porcelain veneers, Invisalign Orthodontics, implant dentistry, and Zoom! teeth whitening. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a awhile, we invite you to call our office at 616-784-2377 and schedule a thorough exam. There is no need to feel embarrassed about plaque build-up or an existing cavity. We completely understand how stressful life can be and we love helping our Comstock Park area patients get back on track.

We can whiten, brighten, and straighten your smile!

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321